McCarthyism and the Red Scare: Definition, Causes & Effects


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What was the term used to describe the fear of communist subversion and where did it begin?

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1. How did Senator Joseph McCarthy work to rid the United States of communism?

2. Who did Joseph McCarthy NOT accuse of being a suspected communist?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The Red Scare was the catalyst that eventually led to Joseph McCarthy's infamous practices. This quiz focuses on this time period and the efforts taken by and against McCarthy.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz focuses on McCarthyism and the Red Scare in the following ways:

  • Recall when the Red Scare first came to prominence
  • Recognize a term when given its description
  • Determine who Joseph McCarthy accused of being communists
  • Understand when McCarthyism was first questioned
  • Know what group first requested a congressional censure on McCarthy

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - draw from the most important information from the lesson on McCarthyism and the Red Scare
  • Information recall - remember the knowledge you've acquired about American fear of communism
  • Knowledge application - use this information to successfully answer questions on the censure of Sen. McCarthy

Additional Learning

The accompanying lesson, McCarthyism and the Red Scare: Definition, Causes & Effects covers the following objectives:

  • Provide the context that led to McCarthyism
  • Explain how McCarthy gained support
  • Summarize McCarthyism's downfall